Crowned Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival 2021, Tigers is an enthralling coming-of-age drama about the considerable cost of excellence in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.
Martin (a scalding Erik Enge) is one of the most promising football talents Sweden has ever seen. At sixteen, his lifelong dream comes true when he is bought by one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs, Inter Milan. Yet that dream comes at a very high price in terms of sacrifice, dedication, pressure and most of all loneliness, and Martin begins to question the allure of the life he yearned for.
With a unique perspective on the world of professional sports, writer-director Ronnie Sandahl (screenwriter of Borg/McEnroe) tells the true story of 16-year-old Swedish football prodigy Martin Bengtsson, adapted from Bengtsson’s autobiography “In the Shadow of San Siro”.
Taking us inside the gilded cage inhabited by top tier, rising star footballers, Tigers is a rollercoaster ride through a cutthroat world where athletes are treated like tradable commodities, that tackles the taboo subject of mental health issues in professional sports.
“A compelling look at the dark side of sports glory.” - Hollywood Reporter
Festivals & Awards
WINNER - Göteborg Film Festival 2021 - Best Nordic Film, Best Acting
WINNER - Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2020 - Youth Jury Prize
WINNER - Busan International Film Festival 2020 - Best Film
WINNER - Alice in the City 2020 - Best Emerging International Actor, Best Emerging Italian Actor
NOMINEE - Rome Film Fest 2020 - Best Film